Monitoring the Magnificent Scarlet Macaws
Join Chiquibul National Park rangers and jungle experts on an exclusive conservation expedition, and help ensure a better future for these spectacular birds.
Monitoring the Upper Macal River offers access for up to 4 guests, to one of Central America’s most pristine and protected wilderness areas, and nature’s last stronghold of the last Scarlet Macaws in Belize. Wildlife is plentiful and the birding exceptional.
The adventure begins with a 2 hour drive across Mayan villages and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, to Chalillo Lake. Climb aboard a motorized skiff, for a 20 km guided trip along the Raspaculo and Upper Macal rivers. Help rangers document numbers and behavior of these glorious birds, flying low, perching on Quamwood trees and peeking out from nests. Monitoring is an essential step in the effort to save the Scarlet Macaw from extinction, due to poaching and illegal pet trade.
Along the way, observe other bird species including the Ornate Hawk Eagle, Kingfishers and the Exotic Great Blue Heron. Glimpse the rare and endangered Morelet’s crocodile basking on the river bank, surrounded by the towering rainforest. Tapir are often seen cooling off in the river or noisily making their escape by crashing through the thick undergrowth. After lunch enjoy a jungle walk with optional swim before returning home.
Departure from San Ignacio is at 5:00 a.m., sharp. Arrival back in San Ignacio is 5:00 pm. Please note that lunch is not included.
1 person - $724.00 per person
2 persons - $362.00 per person
3 Persons - $260.00 per person
4 Persons - $195.00 per person
Your participation and fees directly support critical bird conservation programs managed by Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), a leader in conservation in Belize.